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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 8, 2017


Souper Bowl VII – The People’s Choice

People’s Choice winner Michael Dontas of Bethlehem holds up the Souper Bowl Champion Spoon. The award was presented as the finale of the Souper Bowl at the ArtsQuest Steelstacks after the results of the special award selected by the eighth annual event’s attendees. Dontas is a co-owner of the Copperhead Grille in Allentown. The winning soup, “Vietnamese Pho” beef, was made by chef Phuong Nguyen of Allentown. The coveted People’s Choice spoon is customarily hung in the award winning restaurant.

By Tim Gilman



Donchez seeks second term

Bethlehem Mayor Robert J. Donchez has announced that he will be a candidate for re-election in the May 15 primary. In announcing his candidacy for re-election, Donchez said he seeks to continue his lifetime commitment to Bethlehem and will focus on fiscal responsibility, public safety, economic development, strong neighborhoods, openness in government, improving the business districts and recreational facilities and increasing the street overlay programs.



Cable show spotlights good work

Every household in Bethlehem will now be able to get a unique look inside Bethlehem Area School District since the district began its own TV program on RCN, “BASD District Insider.” The program began airing Feb. 2 on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on channel 4.  “Not everyone accesses social media, but just about all of our constituents have cable TV,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said. “This is another avenue for us to share the good work going on in the district.” Photo: Freedom senior Lucy Moeller hosts this month’s episode of District Insider.

By Liz Kemmerer



Bringing comfort to cancer patients

It has been said that the first day a patient goes for chemotherapy is the scariest day of her life. As a way to make the experience less scary, and to bring some comfort to those undergoing the treatment for the first time, a group of volunteers in the Lehigh Valley distributes hundreds of comfort bags each year at local chemo infusion centers. Photo: More than 700 of these comfort bags were handed out in 2016 to patients starting chemotherapy.  They contain everything from hats and lap blankets to mints and large print crossword puzzles.

By Carole Gorney



Bethlehem barber for the Falcon

In an area where Eagles, Giants and Steelers fans rule the roost, Bethlehem barber Denny Roebuck, an Atlanta Falcons fan since 1966, is no doubt in the minority. At age 9,  Roebuck attended an EaglesFalcons game in Philadelphia with family members who were Eagles fans. He says, “Being the person that I am, I cheered for the Falcons.” It was their inaugural season in the NFL. Photo: His barbershop walls decorated with Atlanta Falcon throws behind him, West Broad Street barber Denny Roebuck wears his favorite team’s jersey as he gives Bethlehem resident Noel Cornish a haircut. Roebuck predicted a Falcon victory, 34 to 28, saying, “I love the position they’re in.”

By Dana Grubb



Bethlehem man named RSVP ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Bethlehem resident and native Ron Fluck is a volunteer at Sharecare Faith in Action, which is based in Bethlehem. He logs over 10,000 miles annually, making nearly 1,000 transports driving clients to doctors’ appointments, banks, drugstores, grocery shopping and an occasional fall foliage or Christmas decorations tour. Fluck was nominated by Sharecare Faith in Action executive director Lynn Heiney and received his award at the national conference in Kansas City. He has been volunteering at Sharecare for six years and encourages others to volunteer by calling Sharecare at 610-867-2127.

By Diane Schrameyer and Dana Grubb



Mounted unit’s new home takes shape

Construction on the new Bethlehem Mounted Police barn is progressing, with completion expected by late March or early April, according to Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police vice president Greg Solderitch. Photo: Framing of the new home for the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol is under way as carpenters from project general contractor B & D Builders construct the pole barn. B & D Builders is located in Paradise and specializes in barns, riding arenas and agricultural buildings.

By Dana Grubb



Calypso ES celebrates 100th

Calypso ES is celebrating the 100th anniversary of serving as a neighborhood school on Calypso Avenue for the entire school year. While some Lehigh Valley school districts, such as Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh, chose a campus setting for their schools, where the students are bused into one central location, Calypso ES parents have always preferred that their children walk to their neighborhood school. Several Calypso students represent the third generation of their families to attend school on Calypso Avenue. Calypso Principal Kathleen Bast described the research efforts into the school’s past.

By Karen M. Samuels



Eagles stun Hawks in district duals

They say you can’t win them all and that finally became true for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening at Freedom High School. Nazareth reversed a 20-point loss from the East Penn Conference championship and rode it to a 33-24 victory in the District 11 3A duals final, snapping the Hawks run of six straight District 11 titles (2A and 3A combined) and showing the most signs of mortality the program has had in a long time. Sometimes, when success is as prevalent and common as the Hawks (14-4) have enjoyed over the last six years, it can become stale.

By Peter Car



Our readers share their dog and cat stories

In a previous “Bud’s View” column, I wrote about the emotional stress my wife Bev and I faced each time one of our pets died. I discussed the heartbreak we experienced when we lost our dogs, Bear and Blue, and our cat, Charcole (Aug. 31, 2016 “The Pets That Rescue Us” column.) The following stories were sent in by Lehigh Valley Press readers of “Bud’s View.” This is the first of several columns based on abridged versions of their stories.

By Bud Cole



State: School board assoc. report identifies tax elimination problems

Northampton County: Gaming Board patient about local fees

Bethlehem Township: Commissioners unable to find words for library referendum

Fountain Hill: Council sets 2017 pool prices

Hellertown: Medical marijuana ordinance planned

Valley: LV Greenways mini-grant applications due March 3\

Valley: Muslim Association hosts open house

Letter: ‘We will not forget Toomey’s betrayal’

Another View: Underage gamblers frustrate casinos

School: Charter Arts presents “Pride and Prejudice’

School: BAVTS students inducted into National Honor Society



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